Beatitudes for COVID-19 Times

(Inspired by the Mother of Alternative Blessings, Nadia Bolz-Weber, who was inspired by a Jesus who offered extravagant blessings to those who wouldn’t otherwise have received blessings.)  We imagine Jesus, in our midst, offering beatitudes for this time: Blessed are you when you have been affected by COVID-19.  Blessed are the people of Wuhan. Blessed […]

A Blessing for These Strange and Fearful Times

Hello, Beloved. We wanted to check in with you. How are you doing? Are you worried? Perplexed? Frozen because of fear? Crippled because of anxiety? Confused how to feel? Numb? Vulnerable? We know, these are strange and wild times. So many questions and not enough answers. As the world seemingly swells with fear, remember this—Love […]

Why I Call Myself A Sinner

Here is the entirety of the prayer I use the most: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. It’s called the Jesus Prayer, and comes from the Orthodox tradition. I’m not sure where I came across it, but I started using it in as a breath prayer years ago. Concentrating […]

We Are Small Enough

No one tells you while you are in seminary that you might serve a very small church. A micro-church even, a church where you don’t have to have someone count every week for attendance—you can remember who was there and who was not. On a good day there are a little less than 20 people, […]

Labor of Pain, Labor of Love

I grew up Catholic. Not an Easter-and-Christmas Catholic. But an every-week-we-went-to-mass-and-my-great-grandmother-taught-us-the-rosary Catholic. We were Irish, loud, played bingo, had the priest over for dinner and I just assumed that everyone else lived the same way we did. I went to Catholic schools, wore the plaid skirts and knew the Stations of the Cross before I […]